Rice Owls Club Baseball

Rice takes 1 of 3 from Tulane
November 27, 2015, 11:21 am
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Rice club baseball traveled to New Orleans to face Tulane in a three game series this past weekend. After an eventful 6-hour drive, the team stepped right out of their cars onto the field. Chris Thomas (’18 Wiess) started the first game with Daniel Suzuki (’18 Hanszen) starting behind the plate. After retiring the first 9 batters in a row in quick innings, Thomas struggled through the next two innings, ending with a solid line of 5 innings pitched with 4 runs allowed. Peter Suzuki (’19 Martel) had a strong appearance at the plate with a 2 RBI double, and Daniel Weinberg (’19 Wiess) pitched well in the last two innings. Although he pitched a scoreless inning despite loading the bases, in the next inning Tulane walked off on an infield ground ball. Rice lost 5-4.

With the large amount of people there, two games of fungo golf were played during the break in between games. The course, an all turf field, played extremely fast. This led to most holes being par 3 at most. Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry) and Perry Goldstein (’18 Wiess) both won their respective fungo golf games. Pax is leading the fungo golf tour this year and is currently undefeated.

Game two led to the pitching debut of Sam Zapp (’18 McMurtry). Despite a rough game partially due to low visibility for the outfielders, Zapp showed flashes of brilliance. He has a bright club future ahead of him.  Craig Broadman (’19 McMurtry) relieved, along with Travis Guzzardo (’16 Sid Richardson) making his pitching debut to close out the game. Pax, after entering the game for a mysteriously disappeared Chris Thomas, broke up a no hitter with a clutch single. The game ended with Tulane winning 13-0.

After a night exploring the city of New Orleans, the team woke up early for a final morning game on Sunday. Will Bower (’18 Duncan) started the game, going 4 solid innings with 4 runs allowed in front of his supporting friends and family. Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) and Chris Thomas both had solid games at the plate, and Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan (’17 McMurtry) continued his torrid pace of reaching on errors. Daniel Weinberg closed the final three innings, allowing only one run. Despite a tense final inning consisting of a lot of sinkerballs thrown from third, the Owls pulled through to win 6-5.

Up next is for the Owls is a crucial soccer match against the women’s club soccer team on December 5th.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard                                                                               Pax- 2 wins                                                                                                                           Kenan, Perry- 1 win                                                                                                           Everybody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Series MVPs go to Mr. and Mrs. Bower for providing food and beverages both during and after games, thank you so much!………Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan is the luckiest baseball player of all time. He batted 0-10, but reached base on 7 errors……….Kenan seems to have overcome his bout of Vasovagal Syncope………………Chris Thomas is now boycotting Cane’s

2015 #WoodWars Tournament Write-Up
October 12, 2015, 6:44 pm
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This past weekend, the Owls traveled to World Famous McKinney, TX for the annual #WoodWars tournament. Each year, around 20 of the world’s best club baseball teams face off at this tournament. Rice faced LoneStar College, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech in pool play. Unfortunately, much of the team had obligations to ACL, whose management wouldn’t reschedule despite how important #WoodWars is, leading to Rice fielding a team of only 10 players, two of which were injured.

Daniel Russell (’19 Will Rice) started the first game against Ole Miss, going four strong innings despite having a sprained ankle. However, the bats were quiet all game, with the only Owl’s run coming from a sacrifice fly by Peter Suzuki (’19 Martel). Kenan Davis (’18 Lovett) relieved the last two innings, with the Owls eventually losing 8-1. Highlights of the game include Josh Phipps’ (’18 Sid Richardson), Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan’s (’17 McMurtry) 2 hits, and an interesting story regarding the origin of the nickname “Hot fudge”. The bats remained quiet throughout the Swing-it Hitter’s challenge, with Chris Thomas’ (’18 Wiess) pitching performance stealing the show.

After a night of rest, the rejuvenated Owls took on eventual tournament champions Texas Tech. Unfortunately, starter Kenan Davis’s no-hitter was rudely broken up by Tech’s second batter. By the bottom of the second, the Owls were down 6-0, but what came next will go into club baseball lore forever. Russell began the inning with a well-placed bloop single, where he barely beat the throw from the left fielder. The Tech pitcher then walked Peter, allowing for Jared Broadman (’17 Lovett) to knock in an RBI double. With runners on second and third, Chris Thomas smashed a 2 RBI shot over the center fielder’s head, stretching it to a double despite not being able to run on his hurt foot. A sold out crowd of five were on their feet, bringing back memories of Kirk Gibson’s famous postseason home run. Isaac Goforth (’19 Will Rice) pinch ran for the injured Thomas, immediately stealing third, then home as Phipps struck out. Craig Broadman (’19 McMurtry) also scored in the inning following a Kenan Davis single and wild pitch.

This epic rally brought the Owls to within 1. Unfortunately, the Owls defense couldn’t hold the lead, despite Kenan’s solid three innings of work and relief appearances by Jared Broadman and Mr.President, Daniel Suzuki (’18 Hanzsen). The final score was 13-5. Fortunately, fungo golf and Chick-fil-a nuggets consoled the team after their loss. The golf course was a short one this week, as the other team was warming up for a baseball game. Kenan eventually won by a couple of strokes, backed by a magical hole-in-one.

Peter started the third game against LoneStar College D1, pitching 3 good innings. The team struggled at the plate again after expending so much energy on an epic near-comeback. Craig Broadman came in and provided 4 scoreless relief innings in a masterful appearance. In the final inning, the Owls almost mounted a comeback after Isaac’s single and Phipps’ 10 pitch walk, but LSC held on to win 8-1.

The Owls take on Tulane next on 11/21-11/22.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard

Pax- 1 win

Kenan- 1 win

Everbody else- 0 wins

Noteworthy- Many thanks to Mrs. Gopalkrishnan and Mrs. Davis for providing much needed food and beverages to the games…….This tournament marked the coaching debuts of club baseball legends Jake Hernandez and Jacob “Hurricane” Gildan……….This is the first time a Rice player has batted 1.000 in the #WoodWars tournament, although he may have only had one at-bat…….. Our self-proclaimed broken shoulder catcher threw two out this weekend, leading to speculation that his shoulder may not be broken…..Kenan Davis displayed his mastery of the L8 this weekend with seemingly every out coming that way……Daniel Suzuki may or may not be shunned from future social events due to his betraying choice of cars for the ride back….Despite a severely understaffed team, hockey was a smashing success

The Owls Drop Two Against UH
September 28, 2015, 10:37 am
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Rice faced the University of Houston in a doubleheader on Saturday, dropping both games. Despite the lackluster result, the team learned a lot about the new talent this year. Due to the immense interest in club baseball this year, about twenty players showed up, and every single one got playing time. The team now has so much information that they better watch out for spies and hackers from the Cardinals organization.

The first game, started by returner Chris Thomas (’18 Wiess), began with UH taking a three run lead that Rice never recovered from. Standout performances included Perry Goldstein’s (’18 Wiess) relief pitching, Jazz Hands on the base paths, and Daniel and Peter Suzuki’s Uncle (No College Affiliation), who brought cold drinks and delicious warm cookies.

Despite the rustiness of the players, the ensuing game of fungo golf was very intense. Pax Kaplan-Sherman (’18 McMurtry), Will Bower (’18 Duncan), and Perry battled at the top of the leaderboard throughout the tough course that ended with Pax winning by just 1 stroke. He pulls ahead for an early lead in the Club Baseball fungo golf leaderboards.

Will started the second game, where once again UH took advantage of the Rice team, still sluggish from an exhausting round of fungo golf and cookies. Despite the second loss of the day, the team had some positive takeaways from the games, including a solid pitching performance by Daniel Weinberg (’19 Wiess) and four different solid catching appearances on the day.

Rice takes on the #WoodWars tournament in two weeks in Dallas, where they will hopefully have better results.

2015-2016 Fungo Golf Leaderboard
Pax- 1 win
Everybody else-0 wins

2015-2016 Season Preview
September 8, 2015, 10:19 am
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After last year’s competitive 9-6 season, the Owls return this year with a large, talented recuiting class destined to push the team into the playoffs. Many of last year’s top contributors are returning, but the 8 senior leaders from the previous team will be sorely missed. Early fangraphs estimates indicate the Owls will reclaim their top position in their division with the help of an influx of Right-handed/Left-handed/Switch pitchers and actual catchers this year. In fact, this team has worked so hard their preliminary “hockey” practices have pushed members so far to the point of being sick to the stomach. The upcoming season will be an exciting one, especially with the return of the fabled trip to Tulane!

The 2015/16 Rice Club Baseball officers:

Co-Presidents/Co-Treasurers/Co-Vice presidents: Daniel Suzuki and Kenan Davis

Socials Coordinator/Webmaster: Chris Thomas

Fall 2015 Schedule:

9/26 – @ University of Houston (DH)

10/9-10/11 – Wood Wars Tournament (McKinney, TX)

10/31- @ Lonestar College (DH)

11/21-11/22- @Tulane

Rice sweeps tripleheader from UHD to end 2015 season
April 28, 2015, 12:12 am
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The Rice club baseball team finished the 2015 season strong with three consecutive wins over UHD on Sunday afternoon. Rice alumnus Alex Kendall provided the umpiring services for the entire series from behind the plate. Surprisingly, no Owls were ejected.

Game one featured Oscar Turner in the final starting pitching appearance of his club baseball career. With his number one fan in the crowd, Oscar stymied the Gators with ten strikeouts in a seven inning complete game 5-1 victory. The offense took a while to come around, with the Owls scoring four runs in the later innings to break open what had been a 1-0 game.

In game two, Jake Gildan started on the mound in his Rice club baseball pitching finale, and ended on a high note with a complete game shutout in an 11-0 (5inn) victory. His changeup had the overaggressive Gators guessing all afternoon. At one point, he needed just six pitches to retire six straight batters. The Owls made sure this game was in firm control from the start, scoring six runs in the first inning and cruising to a run-rule victory.

Game three of the hot muggy afternoon featured the long-awaited game debut of the Owls’ Sunday alternate pink jerseys. Mr. Sheriff Jordan Bley’s phone is reportedly ringing off the hook with requests from relatives of the UHD players for their own versions of the stylish jerseys. In a game that marked the final Rice club baseball appearance for six seniors on the team, Brody Weinrich, Ryan Monahan and Jacob Hernandez held the Gators in check on the mound before passing the torch on to the sizable freshman class as Will Bower finished the sweep with a knuckleball-filled seventh in a 9-3 win. The offense continued to roll in game three, as the Owls completed their best offensive season in recent memory with a nine run performance. The game featured many unusual fielding combinations, and provided a fun sendoff for the senior class.

Noteworthy: The Owls finished the regular season at 9-6, finishing one early season loss against LSC-Montgomery short of a potential wild card berth in the District 7 Playoffs. LSC is the at-large bid joining Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Southeast Missouri St. and Saint Louis in the playoff next weekend…The Owls finished the season with a .353 team batting average, with Chris Thomas leading the way at .556. Jake Gildan led the team on the mound with three wins…Special thanks to the Monahans, who provided the team with great food and drinks, awesome pictures, and a few supporters in the stands regardless of where we were playing for the past three years.

Rice swept by Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
April 19, 2015, 10:06 pm
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Rice lost all three games to defending national champions TAMU CoC, 10-5, 14-3 and 7-2. After jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead in game 1, little went right for the Owls on the field the rest of the series.

Off the field, many of the Owls were captivated by the numerous cultural opportunities in the booming metropolis of Franklin, Texas, most notably a drive-thru safari and award-winning cuisine around every corner. In a difficult decision, the team chose not to attend the Franklin High School prom on Saturday night.

Noteworthy: With the losses, Rice is effectively eliminated from postseason contention…The Owls will be back in action next weekend to close out the season against UHD…Josh Phipps will be getting a new tooth on May 14th.

‘Hurricane’ Jake Gildan hits home run, TCU forfeits
April 12, 2015, 9:27 pm
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Rice traveled to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to face TCU, winning the three game series two games to one.

In game one, Chris Thomas started on the mound and pitched six strong innings in a tightly contested game, earning the W in a 5-4 Rice win. Chris was also a key piece of the offensive effort, notching three hits. Will Bower logged the save to secure the Rice win in what was a (surprisingly) well-played ballgame between fairly evenly matched teams, reminiscent of the game between Rice and TCU last fall at Wood Wars that resulted in a 4-3 Rice win.

Game two had some historical significance for the Owls before turning sour in an 11-4 loss (5inn, hurricane). Jake Gildan started on the mound, and battled through a bruised push-off foot for three innings in a no-decision. Jake helped himself out at the plate, dropping a three-run bomb to straightaway center field to give the Owls a 4-3 lead in the 4th inning. This was the first home run for the Rice club baseball team since the spring of 2011, before any current members of the team attended Rice. The aftermath of the hurricane left the field in poor shape, and the Horned Frogs were the beneficiaries of several unfortunate bounces and some defensive miscues by the Owls as the game ran out of daylight the next inning.

Game three turned out to be a TCU forfeit, resulting in a 7-0 Rice victory. On Sunday at the hallowed grounds of Z Boaz Park, often confused with Augusta National, the Owls took to perhaps the most intriguing fungo golf course they’ve ever played. For a full nine holes, the Owls battled it out and by the end of the day Oscar Turner reigned supreme.

Rice is back in action next weekend as they face defending DII national champions TAMU Corps of Cadets in Franklin, Tx, for the first time since falling to the Aggies in the 2012 District 7 championship series.


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